December , 2011 my world was changed forever. My youngest son living in WA was diagnosed with cancer and it was the acute type. Up until 2005 this type would kill anyone who had it within months of being diagnosed. Some discovered that arsenic and Vit A can control it until hopefully chemo takes over and gets rid of it.
I was on the east coast and so worried about my son but was unable to get over there due to money. He condition got worse as he had complications arise and so got a loan against my house to take me over there to see him. Luckily he was taken off the death watch and was only in a sealed ICU room when I got over there. Having to gown up, wear double gloves and a face mask was not something I was expecting to have to do. I was told he would not know i was there but he knew. The nurse checked his strength by asking him to squeezed her hand. It was not good but the hold he had on my hand when I was asked to leave was very good. It took 2 nurses to release his grip. He somehow knew his mum was there. He never did remember his time in that room but it was good for me to know he knew I was there. I was only able to stay there for 2 weeks before having to go home. At least i saw him leave ICU and go back on the ward. Going home was hard and made the decision I would have to go to WA to live close by. My son had many months of chemo with his brother with support and then another brother moved over there to help out.
He has been in remission now for 2 1/2 years, so that is the half way mark and we now look forward to his final clearance from this and hopefully others treating him like any other person. He has had problems with work as he takes time off for Dr visits or when the medication was making him too sick to work. so we are looking forward to the future with less hassels from work and workmates.

Posted by youngoldlady, 28th April 2015

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  • Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. I hope it has a happy ending.


  • So nice to see that he had you and his brother’s support during such a hard time. Great that he is in remission.

    • My son is nearly out of the woods for that one, just now to get his other medical problem fixed up. Infections and Leukemia do not mix. He will hopefully have a hole fixed up now.


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